” The Minnesota Vikings express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman’s family and friends upon his passing,” the team stated in a statement. “Chris was a fantastic example for players previous and present, as he embodied all the best qualities of a Viking– strength, durability and a competitive spirit. Chris always carried himself with dignity and class. Vikings fans worldwide will significantly miss him.”
Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker added, “The entire Pro Football Hall of Popularity household grieves the passing of Chris Doleman after a prolonged and brave battle against cancer. I had the honor of getting to know him not just as a fantastic football gamer however an outstanding human being. One of the honors of my life was witnessing Chris get baptized in the Jordan River during a Hall of Fame trip to Israel.
” The legacy of Chris Doleman will live forever in Canton, Ohio, for generations to learn from how he lived a life of guts and character.”
Doleman underwent surgical treatment to eliminate a brain tumor in Jan. 2018 and had actually been battling glioblastoma ever since.
The prolific defensive end played 15 seasons in the NFL, consisting of 10 with the Vikings Minnesota prepared Doleman 4th general out of Pittsburgh in the 1985 draft and the edge rusher made an immediate effect, making All-Rookie honors.
Doleman spent his first nine seasons in Minnesota before playing with the Falcons for two years (1994-95) and the 49 ers for 3 (1996-98). He led the Falcons in sacks in 1995 (9) and the 49 ers in 1998 (15).
Doleman played postseason football in 10 of his 15 seasons and took part in 17 championship game. Nevertheless, the great defensive end never won and even reached a Super Bowl
Over the course of his career, Doleman was voted to eight Pro Bowls and was called first-team All-Pro two times. Doleman taped at least seven sacks in every season he played from 1987 through1999
” When I was a little kid, I never ever thought in my wildest dreams I would ever remain in the Pro Football Hall of Popularity,” Doleman told NFL Network in May2018 “I also never ever thought that I ‘d have brain cancer either.”